North Gazette News/Paris
Twelve persons including 9 journalists and two cops were killed in terrorist attack on French Magazine Charlie Hebdo offices, situated in Central Paris for publishing a cartoon of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi.
As per reports, two unidentified gunmen stormed into the office of Paris based satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo and opened indiscriminate firing on magazine’s staff. Armed with automatic guns, killed eleven mediapersons including one reporter and injured many others before escaping from the spot in two cars.
Nine journalists including Charlie Hebdo’s Editor-in-Chief Gérard Biard and caricaturist Stephane Charbonnier known by the pen name of Charb, two police personnel and one another person had been killed in the attack while three others had suffered critical injuries.
The gunmen reportedly attacked the magazine office, moments after Charlie Hebdo mazagine posted Baghdadi’s cartoon wishing a Happy New year and ‘particularly good health’ to him. The attackers reportedly escaped from the spot in two cars.
The magazine had carried a cartoon portrayal of Baghdadi while wishing New Year’s greeting to followers with the caption: ‘And especially, health!’.
As the news of terror attack on French Magazine Charlie Hebdo spread, French President Francois Hollande visited the spot and termed the incident as terrorist attack. French President claimed that several other terrorists have been thwarted in the recent weeks.
In 2011, French Magazine Charlie Hebdo was attacked with fire bombs after it published an edition, supposedly guest edited by Prophet Muhammad with his cartoon on the cover of magazine. The cartoon had shown Prophet Muhammad threatening magazine’s readers with hundred lashes if they die laughing.